The coronavirus pandemic has affected us in so many aspects of our daily lives. Who would have thought a year ago that we would still be fighting for a return to "normal" activities? Basic things like going to school and attending live concerts are still up in the air for so many of us who don't want to be anywhere near a crowd. But now that vaccinations are available to most adults in the United States, there is hope for us all.

On Monday, Yale University became the latest school of higher learning to require students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 before they can return to in-person classes on campus. Officials at the school in New Haven, Connecticut sent a letter to community leaders and students which said in part, via the Hill and MSN "There is abundant evidence of the vaccines' effectiveness and growing confidence that vaccines will be widely available by early summer. Therefore, we are requiring all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students who plan to be on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of the fall 2021 semester. Additionally, we expect students who plan to study or work on campus this summer to be inoculated as soon as vaccinations are available to them."

Yale joins Cornell University, Rutgers University and Notre Dame University in implementing the new policy. Other universities like Dickinson State University are trying inventive methods to get students vaccinated, like exempting students from the mandatory mask policy if they get the vaccine.



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